News & Star column 17.12.20

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What a shame this United team isn’t playing in front of all our fans.

The players are giving everything for the club and four successive wins has lifted them to the giddy heights of second in League Two – well above most supporters pre-season expectations.

The 2000 fans allowed back into Brunton Park are being treated to a feast of attacking football by what looks like the best team we have assembled for years. The ones locked out are looking on enviously and, hopefully, watching on iFollow.

But the limited numbers inside the ground mean there is little financial gain for the club.

That’s why it is important CUOSC keep our Carlisle REUnited campaign running until the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us. To donate visit: http://cuosc.org.uk/carlisle-reunited/

So far we have raised over £12,500 and money is still coming in from our ‘Face in the Crowd’ initiative and our Christmas raffle.

If you are not one of the lucky ones able to get to the Boxing Day home match with Bolton you can still be there in spirit. Why not join over 230 others who have had cut-out photos displayed in the Pioneer Stand. It might make a great Christmas present for a friend or relative – but you need to order today (Thursday). Go to: www.faceinthecrowd.store

The cut-outs cost £25 and are designed to withstand a Cumbrian winter. When all fans are allowed back into the ground you can collect the cut-out or donate it to the club.

CUOSC are also running a raffle with a chance to win a framed and signed Mark Gillespie shirt. More prizes will be announced shortly.

Mark, now at Premier League Newcastle, became the youngest goalkeeper to represent the Blues in 2010 at the age of 18years and 42 days. The shirt has the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy badges from the 2010/11 final at Wembley.

Tickets can be bought for £1each. The raffle will be drawn on January 2 and the results announced on our website and social media outlets. To buy tickets go to: www://cuosc.org.uk/carlisle-reunited/raffle/

Meanwhile, we have had to postpone plans to hold a Christmas appeal for Carlisle Foodbank due to Covid restrictions. We believe we should be in a better position to help in late January when donations are often at a low point.

For the same reasons we are not currently holding pre-match supporter surgeries. However, if anyone has any questions email info@cuosc.org.uk  It may also be possible to arrange a meeting via Zoom.